Convicted Army Private Bradley Manning, Who Now Presents Himself as a Woman, Announces Run for U.S. Senate

(Editor’s  note) Will the real Morans reveal themselves and vote for this man? Read what scripture says!   Romans 9:20 states, “Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, ‘Why hast thou made me thus?’”

 

NORTH BETHESDA, Md. — Convicted Army Private Bradley Manning, who declared “I am a female” and changed his name to Chelsea in 2013 after being sentenced to prison for leaking classified information to Wikileaks, has announced his run for the U.S. Senate.

“Yup, we’re running for Senate,” Manning tweeted on Sunday, receiving 9,000 likes as of press time.

 

He also shared a campaign video that likewise announced his candidacy and criticized the status quo in Washington. (View below.)

 “We need to stop expecting that our systems will somehow fix themselves. We need to actually take the reins of power from them. We need to challenge them at every level,” it states. “We need to fix this. We don’t need them anymore. We can do better. You’re [expletive] right, we got this.”

Manning has been critical of the authorities on Twitter, recently writing “[expletive] the police” on Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, and “Police and prosecutors steal more through ‘civil asset forfeiture’ than all ‘property crime’ combined.” He also called Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) “the new gestapo,” using the hashtag #abolishICE.”

Manning, who had been arrested in 2010 after releasing “more than 700,000 documents, including battlefield reports and U.S. Embassy cables” to Wikileaks, was released from prison in May after his 35-year sentence was commuted by then-President Barack Obama.

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In 2015, the military approved Manning’s request to obtain hormone treatments for gender reassignment as he had changed his name to Chelsea and wanted to present himself as a woman. The decision came in light of a lawsuit in which it was alleged that the Army was not doing enough to address his gender dysphoria, and that if he did not receive the treatment, he was at high risk for suicide.

“As I transition into this next phase of my life, I want everyone to know the real me,” Manning said in a statement in 2013. “I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female. Given the way that I feel, and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible.”

Word that Manning was running for Congress drew mixed response over the weekend.

“I really hope she wins. Just think how awesome it would be to watch Mike Pence have to swear her in,” one commenter wrote.

“Chelsea Manning belongs in prison, not the U.S. Senate. He’s a disgrace to our country and to the men and (real) women who have fought and died for it,” another remarked.

“Oh Bradley, you are so confused and lost, and you need help,” a third stated.


 

School District to Pay Girl Who Identifies as Boy $150,000 for Not Being Allowed to Use Preferred Restroom

Romans 9:20 states, “Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, ‘Why hast thou made me thus?’”

MILWAUKEE, Wisc. — A school district in Wisconsin has agreed to pay $650,000 in attorneys’ fees and $150,000 to a female former student who identifies as male, who sued in 2016 after being prohibited from using the boys’ restroom.

The Transgender Law Center says that the $150,000 payment is for “harms … experienced as a student” at Tremper High School and will bring the matter to a close, instead of bringing the case before the U.S. Supreme Court, which had initially been petitioned to hear an appeal.

“This settlement sends the clear message to all school districts that discriminating against transgender students is against the law and harms students who simply want to go to school,” Joseph Wardenski of Relman, Dane & Colfax PLLC, which also represented the student, said in a statement.

 “We are pleased that KUSD decided not to needlessly drag this case through the courts any further, to compensate Ash for the concrete and avoidable harms [she] suffered, and to finally allow Ash to move on from this painful chapter of [her] life,” he said.

Ronald Stadler, attorney for the board, said that the decision was made in part to avoid the cost of further litigation. He outlined that he believes the issue should, however, be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court at some point.

“I think eventually the Supreme Court is going to have to take this issue and issue a ruling, because we have lower courts all across the country that have looked at it in various ways, and it’s not always consistent,” Stadler told the New York Times.

As previously reported, Ashton Whitaker, now 18, sued the Kenosha Unified School District No. 1 and Superintendent Sue Savaglio-Jarvis in July 2016 for being denied use of the boys’ restroom and for continuing to be referred to by her feminine name. She also took issue that officials required her to room with the girls during a trip to Europe as part of the Tremper High School student orchestra.

Her attorneys contended the acts violated Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

Whitaker’s complaint alleged that officials at Tremper told her that she must either use the girls’ restroom or a single occupancy restroom in the school office. She later surreptitiously began using the boys’ restroom, but was spotted by a teacher and again instructed to use the girls’ restroom or the lavatory in the office.

Whitaker then sought to avoid using the restroom at all at school, but said that limiting her fluids caused medical issues. She continued, however, to use the boys’ restroom at school in defiance of the district policy.

Whitaker therefore filed suit against the district to gain entry into her preferred restroom, citing the suffrage of post-traumatic stress disorder from her gender dysphoria and the school’s requirements. U.S. District Judge Pamela Pepper, nominated to the bench by then-President Barack Obama, ruled in her favor in September 2016.

“There’s no question that Ash has already suffered harm and has had physical repercussions from the policy, as well as emotional repercussions,” she wrote.

The district appealed, and last May, the Seventh Circuit affirmed the decision, contending that boys’ restrooms have stalls and that all Whitaker needs to do is close the door on her stall.

“Common sense tells us that the communal restroom is a place where individuals act in a discreet manner to protect their privacy and those who have true privacy concerns are able to utilize a stall,” the three female judges wrote. “Nothing in the record suggests that the bathrooms at Tremper High School are particularly susceptible to an intrusion upon an individual’s privacy.”

The court also opined that because no students had complained during the six months Whitaker had used the men’s restroom, no harms had been proven.

Whitaker graduated from high school just days after the decision. As previously reported, Whitaker had previously fought her school district for prohibiting her from running for prom king. Officials relented on the matter at that time.

“Winning this case was so empowering and made me feel like I can actually do something to help other trans youth live authentically,” Whitaker said in a statement this week. “My message to other trans kids is to respect themselves and accept themselves and love themselves.”

Romans 9:20 states, “Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, ‘Why hast thou made me thus?’”


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About a dozen people arrested for feeding the homeless in El Cajon park

El Cajon takes emergency stance on food distribution in parks

l Cajon police officers arrested about a dozen people for feeding the homeless at a city park Sunday afternoon.

The event was organized by a group called Break the Ban, which formed after the El Cajon City Council unanimously passed an emergency ordinance in October prohibiting the distribution of food on any city-owned property.

City officials said the ordinance was a way to protect the public from hepatitis A, but critics have called it a punitive measure to dehumanize and criminalize the homeless.

Mark Lane, one of the event’s organizers, said about 12 to 15 people were passing out food and toiletries to the homeless at Wells Park on East Madison Avenue when police arrived.

About 40 more people, including several lawyers, also were there, but not actively passing out food. Some of those carried signs that had slogans like “Feeding the hungry is not a crime.”

While the event was intended to feed members of the homeless, it was also part of the group’s plan to legally contest the ordinance.

“It was absolutely necessary to beak this law until they were willing to enforce it, and, now that they have, we will continue this fight in court,” said another organizer, Shane Parmely.

It’s a familiar legal strategy that played a critical role during the civil rights movement and other social justice movements, Parmely said.

According to a video Parmely shared on Facebook, a police officer explained to the crowd that the city council had banned food sharing on public property.

“This park is part of city property so you aren’t allowed to food share,” the officer in the video said. “…If you guys continue to food share, then you guys are subject to arrest, all right?”

Everyone who was handing out food, including a 14-year-old child, was arrested, given a misdemeanor citation with a date to appear in court and released. No one was taken away in handcuffs.

In the video, one officer can be heard explaining the citation was for failing to comply with a municipal ordinance as well as an emergency order recently passed by the city.

An El Cajon police lieutenant was unable to comment on the arrests, saying the city would handle all inquiries.

Lane said Break the Ban will continue to organize events to feed the city’s homeless. Sunday’s event was the second hosted by the group.

They have partnered with a second group called Food Not Bombs that has also hosted two food-sharing events. Another is planned for Jan. 27 at Wells Park.

“Our goal it to get the ban overturned and sit down and figure out how to humanely deal with something that’s not going away,” Lane said.


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Kevin Sorbo Banned from Comicon Due to Conservative Political Leanings

Kevin Sorbo Banned from Comicon Due to Conservative Political Leanings

A conservative Christian actor has been banned from a Comicon conventiondue to his political leanings.

The Daily Caller reports that the founder and promoter of East Coast Comicon, Cliff Galbraith, announced that he will not be inviting actor Kevin Sorbo to the convention. Galbraith explained his reasoning for not inviting Sorbo:

“I turned down Kevin Sorbo for East Coast Comicon. He’s pals with Sean Hannity. I just can’t do it.”

Some who saw Galbraith’s post and also have liberal leanings urged him to also ban other actors such as Clint Eastwood, Mel Gibson, James Wood, Jon Voight, and Chuck Norris who are known to have conservative viewpoints.

Others, however, decried Galbraith’s decision. Sorbo himself previously acknowledged that there is a clear bias toward conservative Christians in Hollywood:

Sorbo would have been a candidate for East Coast Comicon due to his role as Hercules in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and as the main character is the sci-fi series Andromeda.

Sorbo has also starred in faith films such as Soul Surfer and God’s Not Dead.


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Truth denied: Investigation into voter fraud thwarted

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A legal scholar and member of the now-dissolved Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity contends the work of the group was sabotaged by partisan anti-Trumpers and their host of frivolous lawsuits.

In May 2017 President Trump signed the executive order creating the Commission chaired by Vice President Mike Pence. It was tasked to investigate ways to improve confidence in the electoral system and to investigate “vulnerabilities in voting systems and practices used for Federal elections that could lead to improper voter registrations and improper voting, including fraudulent voter registrations and fraudulent voting.”

But last week Trump dissolved the Commission, which was dogged by many state election officials who flatly refused to give the Commission the voter registration and voter history data it requested. And “a swarm of meritless lawsuits,” filed by progressive groups, also “hobbled” its efforts, according to Hans von Spakovsky, a member of the now defunct Commission.

Von Spakovsky serves as senior legal fellow at The Heritage Foundation. During an interview Thursday on American Family Radio, he explained that a leaked memo from a left-wing advocacy group  was quite revealing.

von Spakovsky, Hans (Heritage)“It talked about how Democrats had to get amnesty and citizenship for DREAMers. Why? It was a political necessity because they need the votes of those illegal aliens – once they become citizens – to retain power,” he says, answering his own question.

“That, I think, explains what was going on with our Commission, because one of things we were concentrating on is the fact that we know there are non-citizens registering and voting all over the country.”

Von Spakovsky said it’s very clear the Left doesn’t want this to get out. “They want non-citizens registering and voting because they think it will help them win elections,” he stated.

In an article for the Washington Examiner, the senior legal fellow argues there are only two possible explanations why state officials denied the Commission’s request for voter registration and voter history data: “[E]ither they were part of the partisan ‘resist-Trump-at-any-costs movement,’ or they were afraid of what we might find.”

And according to von Spakovsky, the strategy behind the “flood-the-zone legal offensive” was effective, forcing the Commission’s staff to devote all their time to responding to the lawsuits, “thereby sabotaging [our] ability to function.”


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Give Our Bell Back and All Will be Forgiven

Church to Thieves: Give Our Bell Back and All Will be Forgiven

Who would steal a 400-pound church bell?

That’s the question baffling the parishioners of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church near Norris, S.D., where the hundred-year-old bell has chimed for news, services and emergencies from atop its small wooden tower.

The bell was swiped between Dec. 30 and Jan. 6, the church’s pastor guesses, and would be welcomed back with thanksgiving and forgiveness.

“(B)ecause that’s what we do in the Church,” the Rev. Lauren Stanley said in a Facebook post appealing for the bell’s return.

“Losing this bell — having it stolen from us — means that we have lost a part of our community,” Stanley said in an email. ” … (I)t is still part of who the people are. We have members who remember it being used all the time, and for them, this is an appalling attack on us as a community, and the loss of a community member, as it were.”

The Episcopal Church founded its mission to the Lakota peoples in 1875 and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church was founded there on tribal lands in 1890. Many of the mission’s bells were donated by parishioners in the East.

The St. Paul thieves chopped the tower down before running off with the bell. Both the sheriff’s department and tribal police have been alerted, as have local scrap metal companies where the thieves may try to sell the bell.

“If the bell cannot be recovered — if it has been taken away and sold callously as an ‘antique of great value’ — then we will have to confront this question and figure out how to move on,” Stanley said. “We will keep worshiping, we will remain a community. Because this bell is not the sum of who we are.”

But Stanley and others hope the bell will be recovered without police involvement. The bell was stolen once before and tribal members were able to track it down and persuade the culprits to return it.

But if it is not returned, Stanley said, she will write a special liturgy so the community can grieve the loss.

“Then we will move on,” she said, and seek another bell, possibly through a donation. “We will continue to be the people God has called us to be in this portion of the Rosebud Reservation. Because the community, the family, is what grounds the people here.”

As for the thieves, Stanley is standing by her promise of forgiveness.

“We are Christians, and we take seriously Jesus’ promise of mercy,” she said. “If the bell is returned, we are not interested in prosecuting anyone for the theft.”

And they will rebuild the bell’s wooden tower — but they can’t do that until the bell is returned.

“We will rebuild,” she said. “And then we will bless it, ring it loud and clear, and go on being a community that loves and cares for each other.”


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North Korea is Worst Place for Christian Persecution, Group Says

North Korea is Worst Place for Christian Persecution, Group Says

For the 16th year in a row, North Korea tops the list of 50 countries ranked for the worst persecution of Christians in the world, according to the Christian watchdog organization Open Doors USA.

A close second is Afghanistan, which jumped up one place since last year’s ranking. With the exception of North Korea, all the countries that cracked the top 10 are predominantly Muslim and most are in the Middle East and Africa.

“Open Doors exists to support and to advocate for persecuted Christians where ever they may be in the world,” Open Doors USA’s CEO and president, David Curry, said in announcing the list in Washington on Wednesday (Jan. 10). “We are asking that the world begin to use its power and its influence to push for justice, that we would use the list to direct us where justice is needed most in the world today.”

Curry also highlighted three trends Open Doors identifies as persecution against Christians — the rise of “rogue agencies” such as the Islamic State group and the North Korean government; “Islamic extremism”; and actions such as rape and forced marriage.

The list is compiled annually by Open Doors, whose researchers assign a point value to incidents of persecution — forced conversions, attacks on churches, arrests, etc. Open Doors has published its list for 26 years.

Just below the top 10 is India, where rising Hindu nationalism has increased persecution of other religious groups.

Not on the list of the 50 countries where Christians face the worst persecution: the United States.


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Chinese Authorities Demolish Evangelical Church in Crack Down

China Church Demolition

A church in northern China’s coal country that once served as the worship center for more than 50,000 congregants is no longer standing.

All that is left of the Golden Lampstand Church in the city of Linfen in Shanxi province is the church’s steeple and cross which now lays on top of a large pile of rubble.

Chinese authorities detonated explosives in an underground worship hall earlier this week, ChinaAid, a U.S.-based Christian advocacy group, reports.

This is not the first time Golden Lampstand Church has come face to face with Chinese government officials.

During the church’s construction in 2009, 400 police and other officials attacked church members, defaced the building, and seized Bibles.

Several of the church’s leaders, including the pastors and their relatives, were arrested. They were charged with illegally occupying farmland and disturbing traffic order by gathering together.

Evangelist Yang Xuan, the founder of the church, spent 3.5 years in prison and Yang Caizhen, his wife, was sentenced to two years in a re-education labor camp and beaten while incarcerated.

Evangelist Yang’s daughter described the recent explosion and demolition.

” … the police surrounded the Golden Lampstand Church. Patrol wagons guarded the church. Workers smashed the church’s glass. At this point, excavators are digging into the church, but we are not allowed to enter or watch. The village head and the police from the local police station warned all the believers against entering the church. Now, we really have no idea what is going to happen,” Yang Rongli told a ChinaAid reporter.

There are about 60 million Christians in China, but the increase of non-state-approved church is causing persecution from the government.

“The repeated persecution of Golden Lampstand Church demonstrates that the Chinese government has no respect for religious freedom or human rights,” ChinaAid President and Founder Bob Fu said. “ChinaAid calls on the international community to openly condemn the bombing of this church building and urge the Chinese government to fairly compensate the Christians who paid for it and immediately cease these alarming demolitions of churches.”

An unidentified official told the state-run Global Times newspaper that the recent demolition of Golden Lampstand Church was because the church did not hold the necessary permits.


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Trump Is Messianic Figure, UN Is Gog: Prominent Israeli Rabbi

Rabbi Mendel Kessin, a rabbi who interprets modern events from a Torah perspective, gave a lecture two weeks ago in Jerusalem, in which he emphatically stated that US President Donald Trump is bringing the world closer to the Messiah.

“The Messianic process is unfolding literally in front of our eyes,” Rabbi Kessin said, giving the last US presidential election as proof. “Trump’s election was a revealed miracle. He shouldn’t have won since all the politicians and many Americans hated him more than any president before in American history. They hate him because he will cause a Satan to die in America. They don’t want this to happen and this is why they don’t want him to help Israel. But Trump is greater than that.”

The rabbi explained that Trump’s declaration that Jerusalem was Israel’s capital and the ensuing international furor over it was the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy, specifically what he called the ‘Tikkun (fixing) of Esau’.

“When Esau is seen helping Israel, it is a sign Moshiach is right around the corner,” Rabbi Kessin said.

In explanation, Rabbi Kessin quoted the Bible concerning the prophesied fate of Jacob and Esau told to their mother, Rivka.

And Hashem answered her, “Two nations are in your womb, Two separate peoples shall issue from your body; One people shall be mightier than the other, And the older shall serve the younger.” Genesis 25:23

The rabbi noted an ambiguity in the Hebrew text that had vastly different import.

“Due to the absence of pronunciation markings, the wording of the Torah text can be read either as ‘va’ya’avod’, meaning he shall serve, or ‘va’ya’aved’,  he shall enslave,” the rabbi explained. “Esau will help Jacob by either serving him or by causing him to suffer since suffering is a way to bring God back into the world.”

Rabbi Kessin stated that this prophecy did not materialize in the Bible but it is destined to come about in the era preceding Messiah.

“In the end, Esau will do a Tikkun by defending Jacob, fighting the nations that come against him,” Rabbi Kessin said. The rabbi stated that Israel and the Jewish people are the descendants of Jacob but Esau’s identity in modern times is more complex.

“Esau is also a patriarch. He became the nation of Edom, which eventually became Rome,” Rabbi Kessin said. “And then it transformed into a religion, Christianity, so that it could spread out into the world.”

Rabbi Kessin noted that historically, Christianity has fulfilled Esau’s prophetic role of causing distress to Israel.

“Christianity has spent an inordinate amount of energy persecuting Jews, though not all of Esau did this,” Rabbi Kessin said. He stated that in its Christian incarnation, three different aspects of Esau developed into three separate national entities.

“The arrogance of Esau became Russia under the communists,” Rabbi Kessin said, citing the decidedly anti-religious aspect of communism. “The ultimate arrogance is when a man becomes an atheist and says there is no God; there is only me.”

“The fraudulent aspect of Esau is Europe,” Rabbi Kessin stated. “On one hand they preach love, while on the other hand, they have had more wars than any other part of the world.”

“The holocaust, the Inquisition, this is all fraudulent piety,” the rabbi said. “To this day [European nations] are incredibly anti-Semitic. They can’t hide it or hold back. They just keep coming out against Israel.”

The rabbi then explained America’s role in this prophetic process.

“The third part of Esau is America, the part that seeks pleasure,” Rabbi Kessin said. “But this is the good part of Esau. In the end of days, this is the part of Esau that will be restored by helping Yaakov. Therefore there has to come a time before Moshiach when this good part of Esau does tshuva (repentance) by helping Israel.”

“Donald Trump is that man, that part of Esau,” Rabbi Kessin said. “He doesn’t know it and he wouldn’t believe it, but he is a messianic figure.”

The rabbi clarified this astounding statement.

“He is not the messiah but he will create a paradigm shift,” Rabbi Kessin stated. “His mission is transformative. He is going to change America, purify it. God wants to clean up America of all its sins before Moshiach. The liberals Especially have caused an incredible moral decay. This what Trump really means when he says he wants to make America great again.”

Rabbi Kessin noted that by announcing to the world that Jerusalem is Israel’s eternal capital, President Trump fulfilled Esau’s Biblical vow.

Esau said, “I have enough, my brother; let what you have remain yours.” Genesis 33:9

“When he made his declaration, Trump recognized that all of Israel was given to the Jews. He is defending the Jews in front of the world to the point where he is willing to punish them.”

The rabbi emphasized that when the US stood up for its Jerusalem declaration in the United Nations General Assembly, that was the prophesied pre-Messianic battle of Gog and Magog. He explained that in gematria (Hebrew numerology), ‘Gog and Magog’ equals 70. 70 is understood to signify all the nations of the world since the Bible lists 70 descendants of Noah.

“Trump defended Israel against the entire world, and that is the prophesied battle of Gog and Magog,” explained Rabbi Kessin, citing Ezekiel.

After a long time you shall be summoned; in the distant future you shall march against the land [of a people] restored from the sword, gathered from the midst of many peoples—against the mountains of Yisrael, which have long lain desolate—[a people] liberated from the nations, and now all dwelling secure. Ezekiel 38:8

“[The prophet] stated that all the nations will gang up against Jerusalem, and isn’t that what they just did in the UN?” Rabbi Kessin asked rhetorically. “The UN is Gog and Magog.”

“This is all part of Esau doing tshuva, becoming great, so he can help Israel. And America will become great,” Rabbi Kessin stated. “God wants America to be prosperous so that they can assist Israel in the next step.”


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Turkish Professor Claims Koran Flood Story Tells of Muslim Noah Calling Son on Cell-Phone

Make yourself an ark of gopher wood; make it an ark with compartments, and cover it inside and out with pitch.” Genesis 6:14 (The Israel Bible™)

A Turkish professor has come up with an amazing theory about Biblical Noah based on his understanding of the story as related in the Koran: during the storm, conversation was impossible due to the thunder and lightning so Noah kept in touch with his sons via cellular phone. The professor reveals even more surprising details but the story is no joke and has become the focus of religious debate between secular and Islamic Turks.

Professor Ornek on Turkish television (YouTube)

Yavuz Ornek, a lecturer at the Marine Sciences Faculty of Istanbul University, was invited to speak on Turkish state-owned TRT television channel last Saturday on the subject of the flood story, which has an entire chapter of the Koran dedicated to it. In most respects, it is identical to the story as it appears in the Bible, but Ornek’s take on the story differed greatly from both versions.

Ornek was discussing the section of the Koran’s version of the flood story in which one of Noah’s sons, who was a disbeliever, refused to come aboard the Ark. The son climbed a mountain but as the floodwaters rose, he spoke to his father and repented.

“The Koran says the waves were as high as mountains, so if Noah spoke with his son, his son must be sitting on the top of another mountain,” Ornek said in the televised interview. “The Koran says they spoke, but to talk between two mountains with hundreds of kilometers apart, they must have had mobile phones, and Noah’s son must have boarded an aerial vehicle to reach his father.”

Ornek explained his theory, saying that technologies were much more advanced 10,000 years ago than most people realize. Noah, referred to as Nûḥ ibn Lamech ibn Methuselah  in the Koran, also used advanced technology to build an ark out of steel that was powered by nuclear energy. Ornek also claimed that instead of bringing live animals onto the ark, Noah stocked it with one male and one female egg from every living species.

“I am a scientist, I speak for science” Ornek added, giving his theories his academic seal of approval.

As bizarre as Professor Ornek’s claims may sound to Western ears, they were taken seriously by the Turkish public and became the focus of a fierce religious debate. Professor Efrat Aviv, a specialist in Turkey for the Begin- Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, was sure Ornek was serious about his theories, as were the listeners.

“To say something insulting about the Koran, even as a joke, could cost this man his life, so it is unlikely he meant it as anything other than serious commentary on the text.” Dr. Aviv told Breaking Israel News. “I watched the interview. He sounded very convincing and clearly believed in his theories. The professor went into great depth and detail, making fine distinctions in the text.”

Dr. Aviv reported fierce debates on Turkish social media over the Ornek’s comments.

“His theories were extreme by any standards, Dr. Aviv said. “Most of the Turkish people who reacted on social media had strong opinions, mostly rejecting his theories, but some people were very supportive and defended him.”

Dr. Aviv described one anti-religious Turkish twitter comment that used Ornek’s theories to strike at religion.

“If you can believe in such a story as a crazy as the flood then it should be no problem to believe that Noah spoke on a cell-phone,” the tweet read.

“There is a religious conflict going on in Turkey,” Dr. Aviv said. “Even though this professor did not intend for his statements to be anti-Islamic, the furor that is the result of the interview is becoming the expression of this conflict.”

The story of the ark is especially provocative in Turkey. The flood story is common to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, but anthropologists believe it has much more ancient roots in stories like the Mesopotamian Gilgamesh Epic. Noah is considered an important prophet in Islam as one of the first sent to mankind. For Muslim Turks, this story takes on a much more important aspect since they believe the Biblical Mount Ararat, the final resting place of the ark, is actually Mount Nemrut in Turkey.

“This is a Muslim debate in Turkey but it is actually common to all religions,” Dr. Aviv said, summing up the conflict in universal terms. “This is the conflict between religion and science, and the question of what are the boundaries of belief.”


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